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Charges filed against Shavertown sewage plant

In an announcement today, Pennsylvania's Acting Attorney General Michelle Henry said her office filed charges against the Dallas Area Municipal Authority on Jan. 31.

A criminal complaint alleges that on several occasions, the Shavertown plant has allowed untreated sewage to enter Toby Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River.

The state attorney general took over the investigation after a referral from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Similar violations for unreported sewage overflows were noted in 2017 and 2018 when inspections took place at the municipal authority, according to a statement from the AG’s office.

Charges against the Dallas Area plant include four violations of the Solid Waste Management Act and three violations of the Clean Streams Law.

The authority collects sewage from Harvey’s Lake Borough, Lehman Township, Dallas Township, Dallas Borough, Kingston Township, and Jackson Township.